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#307950 - Sun May 21 2006 04:33 PM Fruitcake From 1962 Is As Good As New
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The Associated Press
Updated: 5:41 p.m. ET April 18, 2006


WAUKESHA, Wis. - Lance Nesta did what many people do when receiving a fruitcake — he set it aside, only to rediscover it more than 40 years later in his mother's attic. Nesta couldn't resist taking a peek at the cake, still in its original tin and wrapped in paper.

"I was amazed that it hadn't changed at all," he said.

Nesta's two aunts sent him the fruitcake in November 1962 while he was stationed in Alaska with the Army.

"I opened it up and didn't know what to do with it," Nesta said. "I sure wasn't going to eat it, and I liked my fellow soldiers too much to share it with them."

As best he can remember, he packed the cake with the rest of his belongings and shipped it home to Waukesha when he left the military a few years later. He recently rediscovered the boxed fruitcake in the attic of his mother's home in Waukesha.

His mom had given him advance warning of the fruitcake back in 1962.

"She knew I hated the damn things, but she said she didn't have the heart to tell my aunts, who had already mailed it," he said.


The cake arrived wrapped in brown paper with a red "fragile, handle with care" sticker on it. The cake itself was contained in a round blue tin printed with the words "Old Fashioned Fruitcake."

"Now it's just old," Nesta said.

While looking at the cake's container this week, he noticed the listed ingredients included rum and brandy.

"If I had known back then that it had rum and brandy in it, I would have eaten it," he said.
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#307951 - Sun May 21 2006 05:15 PM Re: Fruitcake From 1962 Is As Good As New
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I'd think about auctioning it off on E Bay.
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#307952 - Sun May 21 2006 05:50 PM Re: Fruitcake From 1962 Is As Good As New
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It would also make a couple of attractive circular garden stepping stones, if you took a Saws -all to it. [ use the 'rum' blade setting so the thing won't ignite while you're slicing it up.
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#307953 - Mon May 22 2006 01:01 AM Re: Fruitcake From 1962 Is As Good As New
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Imagine finding it after so many years! Yes, Ebay would be interesting I think
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#307954 - Mon May 22 2006 03:28 AM Re: Fruitcake From 1962 Is As Good As New
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This fruitcake dates from 1947 and there is another who posts here who dates from considerably earlier!

However, if we are talking about the edible type, they certainly can be kept for a considerable time, not sure about 44 years though. My mother used to make wedding cakes for family and friends, the top tier often used to be kept either for the first anniversary or even for the birth of the first child, they just needed a fresh coat of icing as that tended to discolour - and yes, they were loaded with alcohol.
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